Two of the five nominations in this year's Oscars category for Best Animated Short Film are Irish.

Ruairí Robinson and Seamus Byrne have been nominated for 'Fifty Percent Grey' and Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O'Connell for 'Give Up Your Aul Sins'.

These are the first Academy Award nominations for both parties.

'Fifty Percent Grey' tells the story of a Sergeant who wakes up alone, with only a big-screen TV for company, in a setting designed to offer him eternal peace and tranquility.

'Give Up Your Aul Sins' focuses on a visit by a television film crew to a Dublin classroom where they record a little girl's version of the story of John the Baptist.

The other nominees in the Short Film - Animated category are Ralph Eggleston for 'For the Birds', Cordell Barker for 'Strange Invaders' and Joseph E Merideth for 'Stubble Trouble'.

The winner will be announced at the 74th awards ceremony in Los Angeles on 24 March.